US President Donald Trump said North Korea had returned the remains of 200 American soldiers who died during the Korean war, citing the development as an example of the success of his recent summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un.
Speaking at a political rally in Minnesota, Mr Trump pushed back against critics who said he was outplayed by Mr Kim because North Korea had provided nothing more than vague details outlined in a joint statement signed by the leaders.
“We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains, in fact today already 200 have been sent back,” Mr Trump told the crowd in Duluth.
One US official told the Financial Times that UN Command Korea, which oversees US and allied military on the peninsula, had informed the Pentagon that it was “planning for the repatriation of the remains of US service members previously recovered by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”.
一名美国官员向英国《金融时报》表示，负责管理美国及其朝鲜半岛盟国军队的驻韩国联合国军司令部(UN Command Korea)已通知五角大楼，该司令部正在“计划将朝鲜民主主义人民共和国(DPRK)之前发现的美国士兵遗体遣返回国”。
The official cautioned that few details had been provided and that there had been no confirmation of the 200 figure.
Mr Trump said his summit with Mr Kim had been a “great meeting” and that the North Korean dictator would “turn that country into a great, successful country” — a line that was met with applause from the Duluth audience at the rally where a large screen carried the words “Promises Made — Promises Kept”.